This Summer, we have our first tech intern serving with Michala Halstead, ECC Tech Director. His name is Sam Delagrange. He’s a high-school student and we recently interviewed him…and before you write him off for just being a “high school student”, read some of his questions. I think he might surprise you. Who knows, you might even find that he has something to teach you!
Ok Sam, first question…how did God lead you to tech ministry?
God led me to tech ministry starting in 4th or 5th grade. We weren’t attending ECC yet and the children’s ministry at the church we were attending was low on volunteers so I stepped in and did tech on Sundays. Once I started 6th grade at ECC, I immediately began attending the Sunday and Wednesday night youth meetings. Sometime throughout that year, there was an announcement that they were looking for band and tech members. I signed up for tech on Wednesday nights and from there my interest in technology and the way it is always changing took off, along with my journey as a student leader and love for serving God.
How about role models? Who have been the most influential people in your life?
My mom is a huge role model to me. She has been an example to me that with God, anything is possible. She has taught me to always trust in God’s plan and to never give up. In that same way, my dad has been a huge influence to me. He has helped me become who I am and never let anyone take my love of God away from me. Another influential person in my life was Paul Landhuis (ECC Student Ministry Intern). He showed me that it is possible to serve God using the gifts He has provided. And lastly, my Aunt Angie, who taught me to never complain and always persevere and work harder.
So who would you say is your favorite “Christian” artist or songwriter right now?
My favorite Christian artist right now is Colton Dixon. I really enjoy the variety of music he has written. I also relate to some of his songs, such as “The Other Side” where he sings “It isn’t easy to say goodbye But I know it’s only for a little while.” In 2015 and 2016 I lost two influential people in my life. One to a brain aneurysm (Angie) and the other to a collision with a semi (Paul). This song helps me remember that I will see them again and they are in a better place now.
Just for fun…favorite flashback song from when you were growing up?
When I was younger, my dad had an iPod full of music. I remember one song that he had bought the video version of also. The song was “A New Hallelujah” by Michael W. Smith. I can remember sitting on our backyard on the swing listening to this song over and over again.
Without thinking…favorite book of the Bible or favorite verse?
“Do not worry. Learn to pray about everything. Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need. The peace of God is much greater than the human mind can understand. This peace will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippines 4:6-7
That’s a great one. Why don’t you describe your devotions with God.
I like to do different YouVersion Bible plans on the YouVersion Bible app. My current plan is about identifying God’s word (truth) from opinions or incorrect views (trash).
So I’m curious…what are you presently reading?
Right now I’m reading a book about being a student leader and growing in my walk with God as I lead my peers to God. The book is “Help! I’m a Student Leader!: practical ideas and guidance on leadership” by Doug Fields.
What books are you currently reading or watching for fun?
I’m currently reading different research articles about emerging tech innovations. Like I said, I find the way technology is always changing and evolving very intriguing.
Deep stuff. What’s the best book you’ve read that has helped you grow as a believer?
I haven’t finished the book yet, but I hope it still counts. The book “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman has been an eye opener for me. It has taught me that I need to be a follower of Jesus, and not just a fan. If Jesus came tomorrow and told me to follow Him, without saying goodbye to anyone or grabbing anything, I should be able to do that; be a follower, and not a fan.
And what single bit of counsel has made the most significant difference in your life?
My mom always tells me to try my best and as long as I try my best, there is nothing more I can do. This has helped me mentally and spiritually. It reminds me that no matter how hard we try, nobody is perfect and therefore we have nothing to offer God. But still, if we praise God and repent our sins, He forgives our sins and wipes the slate clean!
That’s truth. What else do you do for fun when you’re not at ECC?
When I’m not at ECC, I enjoy hanging out with my family and playing with my two dogs at home, or hanging out with friends. My family and I also go camping during the summer and fall which has been a really cool experience. Going camping is one of my favorite things we do together during the summer.
Anything else on your mind you want to share?
I’m excited to learn more and serve more this summer at ECC. I hope to learn some new things this summer and possibly teach the rest of the team some new things along the way. Thank you for this opportunity!
We are excited to have you! Let’s make sure to welcome Sam as he joins us for this summer internship!